In this article, I’ll explain how to upload an iOS game exported from Godot to App Store Connect using Xcode. It’ll probably be short, so feel free to take it easy. Also, I’m assuming you’re familiar with Xcode, which is a macOS-exclusive app, so I’ll proceed with that in mind. Macs can be pricey, but if you want to release apps like iOS or macOS on the App Store, it’s an essential tool. I got mine with a 2-year Orico loan. It was tough, though 😆

Environment at the time of writing this article
Xcode Version: 15.3 (15E204a)
Computer Model: MacBook Air M1, 2020
OS: macOS 14.4.1

Working with Xcode

First, let’s open the project for the iOS version of your game exported from Godot in Xcode. If you peek into the folder where you exported it via Finder, you’ll find a file with a .xcodeproj extension. Just double-click on that (if there’s a .xcworkspace file generated due to adding plugins like Google AdMob, open that instead, but I won’t dive into that here).

Open xcodeproj file in Finder

Enabling Game Center Capability in Xcode

*You can skip this section if you don’t plan to integrate with Apple’s Game Center.

Once you’ve opened the project in Xcode, with the TARGETS sidebar selected, switch to the Signing & Capabilities tab, then click the + Capability button at the bottom left of that panel.

Click Capability button

Then, filter by “game” in the panel. You’ll quickly find the Game Center item. Double-click on it, and the Game Center feature of your project will be truly enabled.

Add Game Center Capability

Archiving the Project in Xcode

Once you’ve opened the project, connect your iPhone or a physical device to your Mac and test it once. Make sure it runs properly, which is obvious but essential.

Using Product menu > Run, Xcode will handle everything from building the game to installing it on the device and launching it. If it runs error-free on the device, you’re good to go. If you don’t have a physical device, you can use the simulator, though in my case, I encountered too many errors and gave up. By the way, if there’s an error during the build process, you won’t be able to proceed with the next steps, so troubleshoot it beforehand. It’s quite a hassle, but yeah, I get it.

Once you’ve confirmed it runs properly, archive the build. It might sound odd, but think of it like inducting a build into the Hall of Fame, ensuring it’s a pristine, playable version of your game.

  1. Choose Product menu > Archive in Xcode.
    Archive menu
  2. Wait for the build to complete (until the progress circle completes).
    Archive progress
  3. Once the Organizer window appears, click Distribute App button.
    Click Distribute App button in Organizer window
  4. Choose App Store Connect and click Distribute.
    Choose App Store Connect in Organizer window and click Distribute
  5. Wait for the progress bar to complete as it uploads to App Store Connect.
    Watch progress bar in Organizer window
  6. It’ll take a bit more time until the uploaded app (build) appears in App Store Connect. It’s subjective, but it takes around 5 minutes for me. Once it’s done, you should receive a notification from Apple. You can wait for that.

Checking the Game in App Store Connect

Now, let’s move on to working on App Store Connect. First, access App Store Connect and sign in with your Apple Developer account.

Once signed in, select Apps on the top screen.

App Store Connect top screen

Next, you’ll see a list of apps. Your app, which you uploaded from Xcode earlier, should be displayed here. In the screenshot below, you’ll see two game apps I uploaded in the past, but if it’s your first time, you’ll see only one, and it’ll show a different status.

App Store Connect app list

After selecting the app you want to edit from the app list, you’ll be taken to the editing screen. Here, you can configure various settings necessary to distribute your game on the App Store. There are a lot of settings here, so it might be a bit daunting, but giving your best here might lead to a surge in downloads for your app, so don’t slack off.

App Store Connect app editing screen


Game development with Godot can be smooth once you get used to it, but the process after exporting to iOS from Godot and handling it in Xcode can be a bit challenging and unique, so I wrote this article for those moments when you forget the steps.

To summarize the workflow briefly, you open the iOS version of your game exported from Godot in Xcode, then archive it and distribute it to App Store Connect. There will be some waiting time here. Once distribution is done, sign in to App Store Connect and proceed with editing. That’s the gist of it.

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